There are newer employer reviews for MDA Corporation

3 people found this helpful  

Unique

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, BC (Canada)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)

I worked at MDA Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

MDA is unique. It has unique opportunities that will keep you challenged and growing. It has a good culture for staff below that at the management level with organised events, skit nights and sports. If you want to know how engineering is done well then this is the company for you.

Cons

MDA keeps people by keeping them challenged and training the staff up to get better paying jobs somewhere else. However many of those jobs are somewhere other than in BC so it manages to keep the pay low as staff have few opportunities locally. The younger staff see this and tend to leave within their first 5 to 7 years. MDA needs to realise that it does alot of software and adjust to the reality that comes with being a software company, like pay, like working arrangements and like cutting edge software techniques!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop reorganising!

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

60 Other Employee Reviews for MDA Corporation (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Viewed by some as a Canadian success story (externally) but curently really struggling internally

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Richmond, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work can be interesting and diverse. Generally flexible hours of work. Good peer support amongst personnel. Employees maintain a healthy program of volunteer social programs in the areas of sports, recreation and the like.

    Cons

    Long hours of work and high productivity expected - but compensation has lagged (sometimes 0% annually and no more than 1-2% increase annually for the last several years - except for upper management - the only ones to get stock options & bonuses). CEO is super cheap - he tried to sell off the systems & space business 4-5 yrs ago but sale was blocked by the CDN Government. Then business in the other half of the company began to tank (coincident with the US and UK housing market crashes) and this business was then sold off for a reasonable price (bulk of $ from this sale was given to shareholders as dividends and to Sr. management as bonuses - very little given to regular employees as compensation - rest used to buy a Comms satellite interest in the U.S.). Richmond BC contingent of company is stuggling and this year laid-off 15% of staff with another 8-10% leaving on their own accord - represents a significant brain drain. Brampton business unit hit with even greater percentage of layoffs. Overall, employee moral has taken a beating and most staff have a very cynical view and general lack of faith in upper management (whose response has been to squeeze budgets even further while instituting several major and confusing reorganizations). Advancement is based on who you know, not what you know or have accomplished, and senior management is an old boy's club (no women allowed).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No meaningful compensation to most employees while upper management lines up at the trough (and makes inflated dividends to the shareholders so managers can cash in on stock options & bonuses) will untimately choke off employee interest and innovation within the company (many are already looking for other opportunities elsewhere). Unless the trend is addressed would not be surprised to see the company begin to have difficulties executing projects and could even see Company HQ move to one of the branch offices once the current CEO quits or is relieved (Quebec or perhaps even into the US).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay, frustrating promotion mechanism but interesting work and wonderful co-workers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineerftware Engineer II  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineerftware Engineer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at MDA Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredibly interesting domains (space, ground segments, aviation, mining/gas).
    Great co-workers who are supportive and friendly.

    Cons

    Below average pay.
    Convoluted and opaque promotion process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better compensation (salary is only part of the picture, but not being the butt of jokes across the software engineering industry is a reasonable goal).

    Completely scrap existing promotion and yearly compensation review process. Promotions and rankings are swayed by a handful of strong opinionated managers and is viewed as completely unfair by the vast majority of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
There are newer employer reviews for MDA Corporation

Worked for MDA Corporation? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.